Microsoft Word 2007 to 2016


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Word Clip Art

Clip art is a picture or graphic that can be inserted into a word processed document. Clip art comes in a wide variety of formats and styles, from a simple cartoon to a photographic image. Microsoft Word comes with its own clip art collection that you can use. We'll see how to do that in this section of the course. When you have finished, you will have produced the document below:

The finished document

OK, create a new blank document and let's get started.

Inserting Clip Art

There is a document that goes with this section called ClipArtStory.docx and can be downloaded by clicking below. It is one of a few documents you need for this course, and all the other files are included in the download as well. However, it is a zip file. If you're not sure how to open zip files then you also need to read the short tutorial below.

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Read The ZIP Tutorial

Once you've saved the file above, open up the document called ClipArtStory.docx in Microsoft Word and we'll make a start.

To insert a piece of Clip Art, do the following in Word 2007 and Word 2010. (If you have Word 2013 or 2016, scroll down this page a little until you come to your section.)

  • Position your cursor at the end of your text
  • From the menus at the top of Word, click on the Insert tab
  • Locate the Illustrations panel, and the Clip Art item:

The Clip Art item on the Illustrations panel in Word 2007 and Word 2010

When you click on the Clip Art item, you should see a new area appear to the right of Microsoft Word:

The Clip Art area

To see all the clip art click inside of the Search For box at the top. With your cursor flashing inside of the textbox, click the GO button. The big white area will then look something like this:

All Clip Art showing in the list box

Use the scroll bars on the right hand side to see more clip art.

You can also narrow down the search by clicking the arrow on the Search In list. You'll then see this in Word 2007:

Clip Art categories in Word 2007

In Word 2010, you'll see this:

Clip Art categories in Word  2010

Select the Illustrations item.

For Word 2007 users, click the small plus symbol next to Office Collections to see a list of categories:

The Office Collection list  in Word 2007

Click a checkbox to add or remove that category from your search. In the image below we've unchecked all categories except for animals:

The Animals category

Once you've narrowed down your search, click the GO button at the top. You'll then see only the clip art for your chosen categories:

The search for Clip Art has been narrowed down

We rather like the rabbit image, so we'll use that one. But feel free to select a different one. Word 2010 users will have to scroll down a bit on the Illustrations list before coming across the rabbit. You can use a different graphic, though, if you can't find it.

Once you've located an image, move your mouse over it to see a dropdown option appear:

A piece of Clip Art has been selected

Click the arrow to see the following menu:

The Insert > Clip Art menu

Click the Insert option on the menu and your chosen clip art will appear in your document. It will appear at the point where your cursor is on your page.

Word 2013 and 2016 Clip Art

In Word 2013 and 2016, there is no Clip Art item. Instead, go to the Insert ribbon. Click the Online Pictures item on the Illustrations panel:

Online Pictures item in Word 2013

You'll then see the following search area appear: (There may only be Bing Image Search, though. If so, type Office Clip Art Rabbit into the search box.)

The Insert Picture search box in Word 2013

Click inside the search box and type what kind of picture you're looking. If you're connected to the internet, you'll then see some images appear. In the image below, we're searching for Rabbits:

Search Results from Online Pictures, Word 2013

Click a picture you like and then click the Insert button.

In all versions of Word, your article should now look something like ours below:

Clip Art inserted onto the page

In the next lesson, you'll learn how to move and resize clip art images.

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